EBC 9th Annual “Talking Trash” Conference: Southern New England


Date: June 20, 2023


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


DoubleTree by Hilton

5400 Computer Drive
Westborough, MA

A map and link to directions is at the bottom of this page.


Solid Waste Management in Southern New England continues to evolve and adapt in response to an ongoing reduction in local disposal capacity and increased emphasis on material diversion, reduction, and the grind to achieve “zero waste”.  This year’s EBC 9th Annual “Talking Trash” Conference for Southern New England will include an update on the “State of the State” and how our waste management habits, patterns, and trends are changing to support new initiatives and goals.

This will be followed by speakers representing private companies and institutions discussing their initiatives, successes, and challenges in their quest to operate in a more sustainable manner.

To supplement this discussion point, we will have speakers representing the municipal and resource recovery authority perspective discussing some of the successes and challenges that are faced when attempting to implement some of the new legislation that is being promulgated, and navigating the ever changing waste disposal landscape.

The Conference will conclude with a robust panel providing ample opportunity for questions and discussion among presenters and conference attendees.

This Conference is a peek into the future of solid waste management in Southern New England and should not be missed.  Solid waste professionals, facility managers, municipal leaders, sustainability leaders, and anyone else invested in solid waste management is encouraged to attend.

General Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Certificates are automatically provided via email link for registered attendees at the conclusion of the program.

Conference Schedule:
  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration & Networking
  • 9:00 a.m. – Conference Begins
  • 12:30 p.m. – Adjourn
Additional information can be found under the tabs above.
Speaker Agenda:

“State of the State”

  • Terri Goldberg, Retired, Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA)

Fostering Sustainable Practices for Waste & Recycling

  • Lindsay Crum, Associate Director of Sustainability. Yale University – virtual presenter
  • Merete Miles, Senior Director, Global Sustainability, Thermo Fischer Scientific – virtual presenter
  • Heather Billings, Senior Waste Reduction Consultant, Center for Ecotechnology (CET)

Municipal Initiatives in a Changing Market

  • Christopher Cignoli, Director, Department of Public Works, City of Springfield, MA
  • Jennifer Heaton-Jones, Executive Director, Housatonic Regional Resource Recovery Authority (HRRA)

Moderated Discussion

Conference Chairs:
  • Jeff Martirano, P.E., Solid Waste Section Manager, HDR Engineering, Inc.
  • Mark Van Weelden, MA Area Asset Manager and CT Market Area Manager, Covanta
Conference Planning Team:
  • Jaclyn (Jackie) Caceci, P.E., LEED AP, Project Manager, Tighe & Bond
  • Debra Darby, CCP, TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, Manager, Organics Sustainability Solutions, Tetra Tech
  • Stephen Sakakeeny, Principal, SAK Environmental LLC
  • Mark Van Weelden, Chair, EBC Solid Waste Management Committee; MA Area Asset Manager and CT Market Area Manager, Covanta
  • All attendees must submit the required health questionnaire while registering for this event.
  • Attendees are encouraged to take an at-home test prior to attending any EBC in-person program.
  • While encouraged, masking is not required.
  • Please do not attend this program if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: a cough, shortness of breath, troubled breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, loss of taste, or loss of smell.
  • Please do not attend this event if you are testing positive for COVID-19, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions about attending this program, please reach out to EBC staff by calling the office (617-505-1818) or via email ([email protected]).

The available PowerPoint presentations from the EBC 9th Annual “Talking Trash” Conference: Southern New England can be viewed below.

Presentations – 9th Annual Talking Trash Conference – Southern New England

EBC does not guarantee that speaker PowerPoint will be posted.

Presentation Recording

This program was not recorded by EBC.

Recording is not permitted.

Please email [email protected] with any questions.

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5400 Computer Dr
Westborough, 01581 United States

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